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Original title: Ιερή Αρχιτεκτονική

Author: George Baltoyannis

English language

Translation: Chris Loutroutzis

Editing: Lorraine Adams

Graphic design: Angelo Baltoyannis

Text pagination: Angelo Baltoyannis

Ancient Greek Architecture

Design layout: Mythical Routes

Editor in chief: Angelo Baltoyannis

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Invasive and subversive research based on Architecture, Geometry, Orientation and the Layout of the Temples and Sacraments of Ancient Hellenism. The role of the Priests, the Gates of the Dead and the Gods, the axis of the Mysteries and Sacred Way, Alexander the Great and the Great Constantine.

 

Sacred Architecture explains the relationship between Religion and Construction through religious, historical and mythological events.

An impressive amount of information and groundbreaking links that shed light on contemporary political and religious reality. Here Philosophy, Science, Art and the Letters of ancient Greeks played a key role.

 

Prologue

AS A CHRISTIAN, RESEARCHING A DEAD RELIGION, like the Olympian Pantheon, it feels like something foreign which doesn’t affect you emotionally. However, when you are reading mythology, you start to wonder how thousands of years ago people could engage in deeper reasoning than you and thus you are led to places where face riddles impossible to imagine. Reading mythology you realize that you stand in front of a great religion, which you quickly become familiar with and you start to become enchanted by the wealth of Knowledge. Things that held no meaning for you come to life in front of your eyes, and the rocks, the mountains or rivers acquire speech and grace, making your fantasy travel far away.
You then start to realize that your ancestors did not live in a wild environment, but in an enchanting world, a paradise; your differences with them are minor and superficial. Then, you follow them in time, which slowly approaches you and comes to your own religion which you believe in and love.
However, all of a sudden fear is born and you want to explore your own space out of curiosity. You know that all the angels are watching you strictly from above, and you waver.
You know that someday you will die and you don’t want to depart wandering if there is or what is life after death. And so you start to explore your own religion, going over every subject, opening books on the table, searching endlessly, and returning to the start, worrying that you might have reasoned incorrectly.
You are afraid that you will be disappointed, but you have confidence, knowing that whatever happens in the end, you will face it with courage. And as the ball of yarn unwinds, faces that act through history appear before you. You join their pieces like a mosaic in your thoughts, trying to figure out why your ancestor did this particular action or some other. You now compose their image, while struggling to know them in your time. It is they who once determined your future with a command before you even existed on Earth.
These are your thoughts as a man. If, however, you are also an architect, when you are tasked with constructing the temple of God, among your many other thoughts you will also have to create with your construction the relationship between God and the faithful.
Then you start to search for God through the believer and come into contact with the priest, who is the connective link between the faithful and God. You assume sometimes the priest’s position and sometimes the believer’s, to express with shapes the word, emotions or historical tradition. With this way you discover the symbols which, as soon as they are seen by the believer, he will recognize as divine and make them his own.
You then proceed from the shape to volume and from volume to architecture, creating internal vacuums, in order for the believer to enter the temple and be embraced by God. The believer now feels the safety and Love of God.
In a similar way, you proceed to Archeology, with the difference that you “reincarnate” to an architect of another era and through historical reasoning you try to capture the spirit of your fellow architect.
If along the way you find out that the path you are following does not tie in with your quest, then you try to look for the cause; another world now unfolds before you, the one that preexisted, and thus you come into contact with the previous worship, which takes you away, to the roots of the human race.

The researcher,

George Baltoyannis


Table of Contents

Part 1 – The Pre-Christian Infrastructure

A. Introduction
B. Change in Thinking
Axial Religious System
C. Geographical Conditions
D. Monotheism – Polytheism
Greek Mythology – Old Testament
E. Alexander the Great – Alexandria – Ptolemies – Palestine
Alexandrian Literature – Science
F. Orpheans – Pythagoreans – Philosophical Schools
Logic of Delphi
G. Old Testament – Thoughts

Part 2 – The Reform of Augustus

A. Religious Model
B. The Christian Model
The Reform of Augustus
Roman Politics
Religious Situation in Palestine
C. Crypto-Christians – Universality
Political Activities of the Apostle Paul
D. Conclusions

Part 3- The Religious Extensions of the Ancient World

A. Coincidences and Opinions
Greek Mythology – New Testament and Alexander the Great
Jesus of Nazareth – Galiliee (Nazareth)
Nero : History’s Victim
Christian Political Progress
Global Pre-Christian Logic
1. China
2. Mound (Tomb) – Pyramid
3. Logic of the Pyramids
4. Astrology
5. Human processes
6. Cosmic Egg
7. America
8. Greco-Roman Level of Relations
9. Overseas Contacts
10. Homer’s World
11. Religious Periods
Nazarenes – Depiction of God – Man
B. Christian Religious Base
C. Architect God
Basilica (Analysis)
Greek Architectural Styles
Christian Logic
Holy Sepulchre
Greek Construction Teams
Domed Basilica
Religious Infrastructure
Imperial Interventions
Transfer of the Holy Lands
Christian Architecture
Metaphysical Processes in Alexandria
The Space-Time Dimension of Alexander the Great – Trade
Imperial Politics and Christianity
Furies – Fanaticism – Contract – Testament
Buddhism – Islam
Geographical Axes
Orphic Model of Alexandria
Metaphysical Experiments
Religious Interest of the Emperors
D. Mnemonic Summary
E. Major Gods Worshipped before the Christian Fathers
Apollo (Paragon)
Mithra
Asclepius
Is Alexander the Great Alive?
Jesus – Alexander the Great
The Tent of Alexander the Great
Epitaph
F. Christian Fathers of the Church

Part 4 – The Natural Phenomena – Sacred Way

A. Enceladus – Hephaestus – Apollo
B. Creating the Sacred Way
C. Achaeans
D. Function and Purpose of the Priesthood
E. Logic of the Sacred Way
F. The Hard Clerical Core
G. Secret Societies – New World Order


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